Thursday, August 02, 2001

Doctor indicted on fraud charges

By Marie McCain
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        A former Cincinnati chiropractor was indicted Wednesday on 13 felony counts of insurance fraud and two misdemeanor counts of workers compensation fraud.

        Dr. Vincent Denittis, 30, who now lives in a Cleveland suburb, ran chiropractic centers in Colerain Township and in Roselawn.

        Authorities say that from September 1998 to March 1999, Dr. Denittis fraudulently billed insurance companies $200 to $245 for treatments that never occurred.

        He is also accused of staging a car accident by paying someone $3,000 to drive a car 70 mph into a tree. A female associate hid behind bushes and took the driver's place after the car collided with the tree, officials said.

        Officials said the doctor, using fake identification, was to act as a witness but when police arrived he knew one of the officers and was forced to use his real name.

        Hamilton County Prosecutor Mike Allen called it an “extremely blatant insurance fraud case driven by greed and not patient care.”

        Jay Clark, the chiropractor's lawyer, said Wednesday that his client's troubles were caused by the greed of a former employee who filed fraudulent paperwork with insurance companies for her own benefit without the doctor's knowledge.

        Mr. Clark also denied allegations that his client possessed fake identification and that the car accident was faked.

        Mr. Clark said his client managed the two local medical practices as part of a larger operation. He moved to Cleveland after his business partner, who managed five chiropractic centers the pair ran in that area, needed help.

        Mr. Clark said his client plans to turn himself in to Hamilton County authorities Friday. If convicted Dr. Denittis could face about 14 years in prison.


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